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Chinese soldiers killed in 'accidental blast' in Hunan

Members of an honour guard march during a welcome ceremony for Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva held by Chinese President Xi Jinping outside the Great Hall of the People on 15 May 2014 in Beijing. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption China has the world's largest military with 2.3 million members

A group of Chinese soldiers who were stacking ammunition in a storage area have been killed in an accidental explosion, according to state media.

The Xinhua news agency reported that 17 military personnel were killed in the blast.

The incident took place at a military installation in Hengyang, in Hunan province.

Investigators say they are trying to find out the cause of the blast, and gave no theories as to its cause.

China has the world's largest military with 2.3 million members.

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